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Yankees among betting favorites for American League MVP

Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are the favorites at the moment, though that could change.

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It’s hard to believe since it feels like the 2021 MLB season began just a few weeks ago, but the Yankees are just nine games away from the halfway mark. If you’re in the gambling game, then it’s as good a time as any to take a look at some of the future odds.

Take for instance the American League MVP. According to Wynnbet, a couple Yankees are listed with modest odds among the AL MVP contenders. Aaron Judge (+2000) is having a terrific season at .283/.380/.502 with 15 homers and is in good shape to start the All-Star Game for the AL in Denver. If you want to go with a surprise candidate, Gleyber Torres (+1000) is also listed in the bunch. He hasn’t had the best start to 2021, but it’s hard to believe that the bat that launched 38 homers in 2019 has completely vanished.

Of course, the Yankees face some stiff competition for AL MVP. The Angels might seem like they’re going nowhere, but two-way specialist Shohei Ohtani (+145) is doing things on a baseball field that haven’t been witnessed since the pre-Yankee days of Babe Ruth. He’s hit .269/.355/.640 with a league-best 23 homers, all while also pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 3.56 FIP, and 32.9 K% in 53.1 innings. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+100) is right there with Ohtani, as the Blue Jays’ slugger has been pummeling the ball to a staggering .340/.441/.668 line with 23 long balls of his own.

Ohtani and Guerrero are leading the pack among all non-Yankees in MVP odds.

AL MVP Betting Odds

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+100)

Shohei Ohtani (+145)

Yasmani Grandal (+1400)

Mike Trout (+1500)

Xander Bogaerts (+1700)

Byron Buxton (+2000)

José Abreu (+2500)

José Ramírez (+2500)